\ˈtāk-ˌəp \

Definition of take-up 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the action of taking up

take up


Definition of take up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : pick up, lift took up the carpet

2a : to begin to occupy (land)

b : to gather from a number of sources took up a collection

3a : to accept or adopt for the purpose of assisting

b : to accept or adopt as one's own took up the life of a farmer

c : to absorb or incorporate into itself plants taking up nutrients

4a : to enter upon (something, such as a business, hobby, or subject of study) take up skiing took up the trumpet

b : to proceed to consider or deal with take up one problem at a time

5 : to establish oneself in took up residence in town

6 : to occupy entirely or exclusively : fill up the meeting was taken up with old business

7 : to make tighter or shorter take up the slack

8 : to respond favorably to (a person offering a bet, challenge, proposal, etc.) took me up on it

9 : to begin again or take over from another we must take the good work up again

intransitive verb

1 : to make a beginning where another has left off

2 : to become shortened : draw together : shrink

take up the cudgels

: to engage vigorously in a defense or dispute

take up with

1 : to become interested or absorbed in

2 : to begin to associate or consort with

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Synonyms & Antonyms for take-up

Synonyms: Verb

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, up, uphold, uplift, upraise

Antonyms: Verb

drop, lower

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Examples of take-up in a Sentence


please take up the blanket so I can look underneath it the soil was so dry that the plant seemed to take up the much-needed water instantly

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The 2000 case was taken up by Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic candidate for president that year, who publicly declared his support of Elian to stay in the country while the lawsuit wound through family court. Washington Post, "Alan Diaz, news photographer who captured Elian Gonzalez’s saga, dies at 71," 3 July 2018 Much of their attention will be taken up by a new political crisis over migration and efforts to shore up the backstop for the euro currency. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "E.U. Leader Warns of ‘Worst-Case Scenarios,’ Citing Trump," 27 June 2018 Chronic pain, long neglected, was taken up by patient advocates, who demanded better treatment options. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 The investigation begun by customs has since been taken up by Belgian prosecutors. Alistair Macdonald, WSJ, "Belgium Investigates Brothers in Possible Trafficking of Looted Antiquities from Syria," 23 June 2018 Mr Beall’s list has been taken up by another researcher who has since appended 690 new journals to it. The Economist, "Some science journals that claim to peer review papers do not do so," 21 June 2018 Much of the stage is taken up by a full-size wrestling ring. Jay Reddick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wrestling, theater unite at Dr. Phillips Center this Saturday," 20 June 2018 The good news is that Villavicencio’s case has been taken up by some pretty powerful people, including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who on Thursday offered him free legal representation. Angela Helm, The Root, "Just Desserts: Restaurants Boycott Brooklyn Army Base After Guard Called ICE on Delivery Man," 10 June 2018 Instead of taking up his usual spot at left back, which was occupied by Donny Toia, El-Munir came on in the 64th minute for winger Chris Mueller. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City left back Mohamed El-Munir comfortable with versatile role," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of take-up


1832, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of take-up

: the rate at which something offered is accepted by people

take up

transitive verb

Medical Definition of take up 

: to absorb or incorporate into itself the rate at which the cells took up glucose

Other Words from take-up

take-up noun

take up

transitive verb

Legal Definition of take up 

1 : to pay the amount of (as a note) : pay in full for

2 : to proceed to deal with take up a motion

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evasion of direct action or statement

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